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CCTV Drain Inspections to inspect blocked drains

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We always say we have all the gear and every idea, because we do, but to become a top dog or even be considered as a Plumbdog Plumber, our Plumbdogs need to be well groomed and schooled to meet the highest of expectations. This is what makes us pedigree among the mongrels out there. Being a plumber isn’t just for anyone but for those who are wanting to get their paws dirty and get on the right path, for the right pup we do take on apprentices. After all, what’s being a top dog when you can’t pass your knowledge along. This benefits our industry as a whole and most importantly our loyal customers.

At the job today, we’ve been called to inspect and fix a blocked drain problem and by using our high pressure water jetters and CCTV we pinpointed the area where tree roots were causing problems and we also further detected that drains on the side of the property were holding water, the inspection shaft was also holding water along with a riser in the garden shed that was also broken.

Using CCTV to Inspect Drains

CCTV inspections take the guess work out of locating blocked drains. As you can see in the video, our Plumbdogs navigate cameras through drains as far as 40m along the pipes at this property twisting and turning while finding the debris causing the blocked drain issue.

Long Term Solutions

At the property today, apart from tree roots, there was an issue at the inspection shaft holding water. A blocked drain issue like this affects the whole house and not just an isolated area. Simply clearing tree roots from one area isn’t enough and with multiple areas having plumbing issues, simply fixing one may not provide an efficient solution in the long term. Having the right nose and being able to inspect and sniff out these plumbing problems means we are able to present long term solutions while allowing our customers to understand and appreciate our recommendations.

Career Opportunities at Plumbdog

We publish a lot of VLOGs about the work that we do but this is the first time that we have posted a video with a Plumbdog Pup in the team. If you have been following our videos, you would already have seen that we have some great superstars and we’re so proud of their work that we just have to share what they do. If you’ve already got plumbers paws or you’re a pup that wants to get your nose wet with the best of breed find out more about Perth plumbing jobs here.

Give Us A Whistle!

When it comes to blocked drain inspections and repairs, we have the nose and skills to sniff out and fix any plumbing issues. That’s why we say we have all the gear and every idea so if you’re in the Greater Perth, give us a whistle!

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When a toilet freshener leaves a bad smell

Don’t Stick Things Inside Your Toilet Pans

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Plumbdog Rhyse is on the job today who was called out to investigate a blocked drain causing a blocked toilet.

This one is a short video but there’s so many key messages we want to share which we mention time and time again and can’t stress the importance for the benefit of our customers.

Inspection Point 

You would hear us barking about this all the time, but we can’t stress how important knowing where your inspection points are. You can see in the video that Rhyse had to really get his paws dirty (but what a neat job he’s done) getting under tiles and digging to gain access to the plumbing inspection point.

If you do not know the locations of your plumbing access points, the plumber would need to spend time sniffing them out as you would have seen in some of our previous videos.

The Cause of The Blocked Drain

A toilet freshener caused the blocked drain at the property today. This style of toilet freshener is commonly available from hardware stores to dollar shops and quite commonly found in homes across Perth and even throughout Australia.

There’s plenty of common causes of blocked drains in the bathroom from hair to build-up of soap scum and we see all sorts of objects being found being flushed down the toilet. Who would have guessed that something made for a toilet could be the cause of this plumbing issue.

Tips to help you Save Time & Money

Long Term Solutions

At properties like this, we will often recommend that you extend the inspection point to ground level especially if it falls within your budget. This extra expense now will help you save on time related expenses in the future with any plumbing issues in the same area as the plumber will not have to spend time unnecessarily digging and replacing dirt and tiles.

Furthermore, if planning home improvements, renovations, extensions, do not overlook your inspection points and plumbing. A short term saving could become a more costly expense in the future.

Don’t Stick Things Inside Your Toilet Pan

You heard our Plumbdog say it in the video. If you are going to use these items, be aware that they can and do break or fall off and can be the cause of a plumbing issue costing much more to fix than what the actual item is worth.

When it comes to blocked toilets, we have the nose and skills to sniff out and fix any plumbing issues. If you’re in the Greater Perth, give us a whistle!


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It’s Rhyse from Plumbdog here, just out in the Applecross.

At the moment, we’ve got a sunny pro pump here, a macerator. It isn’t working. So we’re going to put a new one in. And as you can see, we don’t have a lot of room to work with. So let’s see how interesting and awkward this gets.


Can’t see anything dripping or leaking? Let’s see how much of a flight she puts up. I had an issue with the leak down here. As you can see, the pan’s seal – it’s gone. It’s getting nice and cracked. Just looking in here it looks like somebody’s tried to fix this before.

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locating a septic tank
  • If you can’t find your septic tank, we know how to sniff them out
  • Check out our CCTV and NaviTrack gear in action
  • Did we pick up a new Plumbdog Apprentice?


Today’s adventure takes us out to Stoneville in the Perth Hills. Knowing that we’re good at sniffing things out and detecting leaks and pipes, Darius got called out to a massive property up in the hills because the clients could not locate their septic tanks. They had tried digging some small holes in some areas they suspected the tank to no avail and needed to locate as the tanks were blocked.


Septic tanks are underwater wastewater treatment structures which wastewater from household plumbing such as kitchen drains, laundries and bathrooms are collected. The septic system then treats the wastewater.

Septic tanks are commonly found in properties in more rural areas and properties that are not connected to the centralised sewerage system which explains why we’re up in the hills today.


We’re proud to have the best technology and plumbing equipment for the job but they’re pointless if you don’t know how to use them or have the level of plumbing knowledge that is required to be a true Plumbdog. For those following our VLOG, you’ve seen us using our CCTV and custom made high pressure water jetters. In todays video, we have a different combination of gear that we haven’t shown you before.

CCTV & NaviTrack Gear

When working with CCTV in drains, we tend to have a rough idea where we are heading when inspecting whether sniffing out with our experienced noses or by having an understanding of the plumbing plans of a property but there are times when locating pipes, access points or in this case septic tanks can get tricky. One special piece of gear we never leave our kennel without is our NaviTrack.

Rather than explaining how it all works, check out the video at [2:10] where Darius shows us how it works in a live scenario. The short version is while we have our camera in the drains below the ground, we have a way to find where the camera using our NaviTrack.

Check out the video to see it in action!

Every Idea – Knowledge and Experience

Darius is one of our top dogs and has every idea when it comes to plumbing. He locates the camera in the garden bed and digs (it’s what Plumbdogs do best) and exposes the septic tank lid. What you might not realise from the video which Darius hinted to was that the dodgy repair job to the tank which was possibly caused during construction of the garden bed.


Next time you have trouble detecting a septic tank or if you have any plumbing issues, come straight to the pedigree in the field. If you’re in the Greater Perth area and need of a reliable Perth Plumber, give us a whistle!

Don’t forget to check out our YouTube channel, like and subscribe to stay up to date with our latest videos and if you’re in the greater Perth area give us a whistle!

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